Recommendation for a Specialist Agent to help during a Section-8 filing due to overcrowding.
tl;dr: I'm looking for a agent whom specializes in a case where tenants have been overcrowding a property for months, hide the beds when there is a visit, declare just visitors have been staying and/or they just socialize till late often...
I've become a land-lord recently only because I've had a job opportunity abroad and knowing that I would come back decided to not sell, but rent the property.
Now, I'm in a 9th-level of hell, because my tenants lied initially on gaining the contract, then put 4 more family members into the property shortly after moving in.
My current agent dropped the ball 2x until finally I got Environmental Health involved to do assisted inspections. What I didn't realize at the time though is that the Council doesn't care whether the tenants are at fault and of course I am liable for my tenants breaking the law.
It's a 3 year contract, with the break clause only by November 2018.
I'm in the process of filing for a Section-8 with enough evidence and willing neighbours to provide statements, but ultimately I think I'm going to need an agent whom is a little bit more aggressive in tackling this issue.
The tenants have been clever, they know the system, they say the right keywords and to be honest I think this isn't the first time that they are doing this. It's cheaper to lie to get a property for a fraction of the rent that you would for a HMO.
So, does such a agent exist, or any recommendations on how to manage this situation on the ground whilst the solicitors do their thing?
I've looked on the RLA links, but nothing specifically leapt out.
PS. Landlord Action is dealing with the case. I've read good things about them, but 2/3rds of their site seems to be eviction based on non-payment opposed to breach of contract and overcrowding cases.
PPS. If you're interested, I've posted about the actual overcrowding property itself over at, https://www.rla.org.uk/forums/topic.shtml?topic=33801#lastpost
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